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What You Need to Know When Buying an Orthopaedic Chair

There are so many different orthopaedic chairs that finding the right one can be quite hard. You have to consider how it moves, how to size the chair properly, and what support features it has for the most comfort. This buying guide will help you decide on the right chair as there are numerous new and pre-owned orthopaedic chairs listed on eBay that will fit your budget.

How do you choose the right back support?

Adjustable lumbar support is good if multiple people will use the chair. That allows each person to move the support to fit his or her needs. You also need to consider the upper back support. It should have a natural curve that supports your back without it flattening out. The width of the backrest should be roughly the same as the width of the seat.

Back support should never be flat as this can lead to back pain and other issues. An orthopaedic chair should be curved both along the top and bottom of the back to preserve your spinal health.

What is the right orthopaedic chair width and height?

This mostly depends on your body composition, but there are a few guidelines that will help you choose the right-sized chair. When it comes to width, you want to choose a seat that is about 1 centimetre to 2 centimetres wider than your hips for a comfortable fit. Some people use weight capacity to substitute for width, but that wont give you the right size. Go by your hip measurement.

For height, you should choose a chair that ranges from 38 centimetres to 56 centimetres. That should be adequate for most people.

What are the different seat mechanisms for orthopaedic chairs?

There are several different mechanisms that affect how the back and seat move. The most common ones are described here:

  • Multifunction: The seat and back are independent, which allows you to adjust them individually. You can control all aspects of how the chair moves and rocks completely.
  • Synchro-tilt: The seat and back both tilt back simultaneously, which gives you a consistent angle as you push back against the chair.
  • Dynamic: That means it has a simple mechanism and reclines like most other office chairs. These may or may not have tension adjustment to go along with the mechanism.
  • Knee-tilt: Youll get the maximum tilt with this as the mechanism is right under the knee. You can almost go completely horizontal with this mechanism.